Can We Actually Reduce Global Warming?

The year 2020 is an alarming year. We are first greeted with massive fire, earthquake, COVID-19, and a super typhoon. And if we were to put on our thinking hats (check this out – sorting hat quiz), it appears to be suggesting that the earth is somehow reached a rebellious stage. This is scary for mankind. Is it too late? We can still help save our planet with little contributions. It all starts with ourselves.

How To Stop Global Warming

Mankind must reduce the burning of coal, oil, and gasoline, which increases the concentration of greenhouse gases. Instead, hydropower and geothermal energy need to be harnessed, and electricity generated by wind turbines, tides, and solar cells that absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity.

People need to change their lifestyles, reduce energy consumption by using smaller and more fuel-efficient cars, cycle and walk between places. Goods transport by car and airplane should be avoided. We should also eat more vegetables because it takes less energy to produce than meat.

The earth needs to be helped to absorb more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by reducing the destruction of vegetation. Rainforests in the tropics that absorb so much carbon dioxide from the air need to be protected that they are often said to be the lungs of the earth. In Iceland, ditches that were dug in swamps in the last century had to be filled in to dry upland. In wetlands, vegetation does not rot, so it contains greenhouse gases.

Although carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced to the atmosphere, it would take two to four hundred years to eliminate man-made carbon dioxide from the air. As a result, it will continue to warm for decades to come due to the changes that have already taken place in the atmosphere. But the sooner an agreement is reached to reduce atmospheric pollution, the less permanent global warming will be.

Now, we don’t have to go on through a list of things that we already know is the cause of pollution. What we need now is immediate action. What contribution can you make to save our planet?